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China Prohibits Excessive Overtime Work

​The Chinese government has warned employers to stop expecting employees to work extremely long hours.On Aug. 27, China’s Supreme People’s Court and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly confirmed that employers cannot require employees to work “9-9-6″—the name for a common practice of working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days…

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China’s mercantilist threat to ASEAN is exaggerated

18 September 2021Author: Christian Bachheimer, SOASChina’s growing influence on ASEAN affairs has featured increasingly in international news. The dominant narrative is that China is deploying a mercantilist strategy to drive ASEAN acquiescence to matters of diplomatic importance for China, forcing ASEAN states to choose between China and the United States. But ASEAN’s trade in goods…